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The “Countdown to Kindergarten” begins with Open House at ICS

Immaculate Conception School is pleased to announce that it will hold a “Countdown to Kindergarten” Open House on Sunday, March 30, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. This is an opportunity for children and parents to spend some time and learn about Kindergarten at ICS. Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Susie Adams, looks forward meeting and greeting kindergarten families and answering any questions they many have about the upcoming school year. 

Immaculate Conception School offers full day kindergarten with the option of after school care. Busing is available to ICS from neighboring school districts. ICS is open to children of all faiths and scholarships are available.

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Oak Harbor teachers and administrators kiss a pig

Mrs. Scott, kissing the pig held by Ben Genzman, student at Oak Harbor High School.

Oak Harbor teachers and administrators kissed a pig to raise awareness and funds for those needing organ transplants. The event took place on Friday, Feb. 28, during two separate assemblies. Both the high school and middle school participated in the swine kissing. 

The kiss-a-pig contest was sponsored by the Penta Career Center, Oak Harbor DECA Chapter. Students at each school donated money in the name of their favorite teacher or administrator. The top five winners at each school had to pucker up to kiss the pig. The money will be donated to COTA, The Children's Organ Transplant Association, in the name of 2 year-old Camille Osborn, who needs funds for transplant related expenses. Camille and her family are from the Oak Harbor area. Her grandmother, Beth O’Shea, was a former employee at the middle school. 

Bryce Rubie, an Oak Harbor High School graduate, was a special guest and spoke to the students about his experience. He was in need of his second kidney transplant and recently found a match. Bryce will get his kidney later this year at the University of Michigan. He is the inspiration for the DECA members to help Camille. 

"It's very important because there are so many young kids and adults that need a transplant. They don't like being on dialysis like me for so long," Bryce said.

This event is part of a DECA community service project titled “Be Someone’s Miracle” which was developed to promote the need for organ donors as well as to raise funds to benefit Camille. Over $1900 has been raised so far and the chapter will continue to support the cause.

For questions or to make a donation, contact project leaders Ben Cochran, Dillon Pollard or Bryce Buderer at 419-898-6216, Ext. 351.

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Sen. Randy Gardner first recipient of Ohio History Leadership Award

 

The Ohio Historical Society and a consortium of other history-related organizations presented State Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) with its first-ever Ohio History Leadership Award at the annual Statehood Day advocacy event on Thursday, February 27 at the Ohio Statehouse.

The Ohio History Leadership Award is intended to recognize annually at each Statehood Day event a member of the Ohio General Assembly who has distinguished him/herself in their public service by being an outspoken advocate for the promotion of Ohio history. 

Senator Gardner was the legislative sponsor in 2011 for the new Ohio Historical Society tax check-off that now appears on the state income tax forms. Ohioans receiving a refund on their state income taxes now have the option of donating a portion of their refund to the Ohio Historical Society. The Society then uses those donations as grants for local history-related projects through its History Fund grants program. More than $100,000 in grants was awarded to 10 organizations at the Feb. 27 Statehood Day event. 

“Senator Gardner is a former history and government teacher before he came to the Ohio General Assembly,” said Burt Logan, Ohio Historical Society executive director and CEO. “He has been a strong advocate for so many years promoting Ohio history, heritage tourism and educational issues to the benefit of Ohio. This award is a small token of our thanks to him for his leadership on these and other issues.”

Senator Gardner told the audience of approximately 200 people at the event that he was honored to receive the award and he thanked the directors, board members and volunteers at the local level that “really make a difference” in promoting and preserving Ohio history. 

About the Ohio Historical Society: Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (ohiohistory.org) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through its 58 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus. For information regarding OHS, contact Shannon Thomas, Assist. Director of Marketing & Communications, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2317, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Family honors life of lost loved one killed by a drunk driver

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports Annie’s Law which would require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders, with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater.  The legislation is named after Annie Rooney, who was killed by a drunk driver on July 4, 2013.

“Reducing drunk driving fatalities in Ohio begins with requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Enacting Annie’s Law is MADD’s number one priority in Ohio,” said MADD National President Jan Withers.  “MADD applauds Representative Terry Johnson for authoring this lifesaving proposal.”

Drunk driving deaths are 100 percent preventable.  In 2012, 385 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Ohio, representing 34 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for Ohio, costing the state and taxpayers over $1.8 billion.

"Annie's entire family is focused on preventing another family from going through this senseless, preventable, loss of life on our roads,” said Walt Rooney.  “Drunk drivers kill hundreds of Ohioans every year just like Annie, and we must do more to stop them.  Drunk driving is a public health crisis and we are focused on standing with our legislators to have Ohio join the over 20 states that have made ignition interlocks mandatory for first time offenders."

Ignition interlocks are small breathalyzers linked to a vehicle’s ignition system. The convicted drunk driver must blow into the device to start the car. If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the preset level the car will not start. Currently 20 states including West Virginia require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. These laws typically require first-time offenders to use an interlock during the license suspension period.  In Ohio, interlocks are only required for repeat offenders.

Research shows that 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license. Ignition interlocks are more effective than license suspension alone and a more practical way to deal with drunk drivers. Annie’s Law would allow a convicted drunk driver to continue driving, but in a way that will protect families and other motorists.

Additionally, ignition interlocks are effective in reducing drunk driving repeat offenses by 67 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  All-offender interlock laws are found to reduce repeat offenses significantly when effectively implemented. States that have passed all offender interlock laws have seen large reductions in drunk driving deaths.  Specifically, drunk driving fatalities have dropped by 43 and 42 percent in Arizona and Oregon respectively. In West Virginia, drunk driving deaths have dropped by 33 percent as a result of the 2008 all-offender interlock law.

“MADD calls on lawmakers to advance Annie’s Law. Ohio residents deserve to be protected from drunk drivers. Ignition interlocks will save lives,” added Withers.

For more information on ignition interlocks, please visit www.madd.org/interlock.

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CIC holds Mother’s Day luncheon

Tickets are available now for the first Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, Fashion Show and Fundraiser, on Saturday, May 10, at Catawba Island Club. Moms, family and friends are invited to enjoy food, fashions and jewelry, raffles and a silent auction. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 per person and proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party. 

Admission is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket prior to the event. Seating is limited, so contact Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371 for tickets. Details are available at ottawacountyohiogop.com.

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Bolte Real Estate announces Team Dunlap

Bolte Real Estate is proud to announce the teaming of two of its professionally trained real estate agents, Nancy J. Dunlap and Jeanne Sutton. Both agents bring extensive knowledge from their diverse background in the real estate industry.

Nancy is a versatile real estate agent and broker who previously owned her own real estate company on Catawba for many years. During that time she was among the real estate leaders in Ottawa County for sales and listing volume and was the recipient of many Ohio Association of Realtors awards. As a member of the Firelands Board of Realtors, she was nominated to serve as President of the Board, and has been a team leader on numerous committees representing the members of the Board. Through her hard work and dedication she has achieved the real estate designations of Certified Business Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate Realtor Institute. She has been a member of the Bolte family of realtors since 1998 and continues to work for her clients in finding the right fit for buyers and the best price for sellers.

Jeanne Sutton is a licensed real estate agent who sold real estate in the Port Clinton, Catawba and Marblehead areas for a number of years before joining Martin Appraisal Service in Toledo as a licensed/certified Residential Appraiser. She appraised homes in Northwest Ohio, primarily in Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, eventually forming her own appraisal company, Sutton Appraisal Service. After 15 years as an appraiser, she left appraisal and became active in real estate again as both a listing and selling agent. In addition to her real estate activites, Sutton was also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Hondros College, teaching real estate pre-licensing and continuing education classes for a number of years. She is also a member of the Firelands Board of Realtors and the Ohio Association of Realtors. Jeanne believes she brings the Dunlap Team the benefit of her appraisal experience and market knowledge. 

Contact Nancy Dunlap at 419-341-0043 and Jeanne Sutton at 419-261-0892 or reach them online at www.nancydunlap.com or www.bolterealty.com.

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AAA to offer Tipsy Tow for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

AAA works year-round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result.  To help members and non-members celebrate safely the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering a Tipsy Tow service, from 6 p.m. Friday, March 14, through 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 18. While AAA encourages party goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get them and their vehicles home safely.

To take advantage of Tipsy Tow, drivers should:

•Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. March 14, through 6 a.m. March 18. 
•State that they need a “Tipsy Tow.”
•Provide their name, home address, phone number and vehicle location.

“Tipsy Tow is available to help northwest Ohioans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely while helping fulfill AAA’s mission of making roads safer for everyone,” said April Cochran, Vice President, Membership, Marketing and Public Affairs for AAA Northwest Ohio.

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest.

Other services that will not be provided as part of the Tipsy Tow program include: requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.  If members are requiring these services separate from the Tipsy Tow program, we will provide the service as usual.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. 

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com.

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Vietnam veterans honored March 29

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office announces Vietnam Veteran Era Commemoration Day, to be held on Saturday, March 29, at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Building B3. This nationally celebrated day is marked to acknowledge the men and women who served in any branch during the Vietnam War Era. The tribute that is planned for our county’s Vietnam Era Veterans is a “Welcome Home” and “Thank You for Your Service”. 

The celebration is expected to attract Vietnam Era Veterans as well as community members within Ottawa County and from several surrounding counties. The day includes an opening ceremony at 10 a.m., followed directly by a pinning ceremony provided by Hospice of Memorial Hospital. At 11 a.m. event speaker David Taylor, author of “Our WAR”, will speak about Vietnam: The War, The Times and The People, A look back at Vietnam War memories. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for all attendees. Ohio’s POW-MIA Memorial Program, sponsored by Rolling Thunder Inc., Chapter 5, will be at 2 p.m. The closing ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m.  

A media CD of Service Member Vietnam Era pictures will be shown that day. To submit pictures, email Tina Burris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Tina for a drop off time at 419.732.3141. All photos must be submitted by March 25.

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Vanguard offers free classes

The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program has free classes to help adults improve their reading, math, writing or English skills, prepare for the GED test, and get ready for college or an adult certificate training program. Local support is available. The GED test has changed in 2014 and Vanguard is prepared to help adult learners earn the satisfaction of receiving a high school credential and create a pathway to a better future. 

To register for orientation, to attend one of the following orientations to set goals and take an assessment that will direct an individualized learning plan, contact Vanguard centers at: 

Fremont (419-334-6901 ext. 2701 or ext. 2703) 
April 2 & 3–9 a.m.
April 7 & 9–5 p.m.

Tiffin (419-448-5084) 
April 3–9 a.m.
April 23–5:30 p.m.

Oak Harbor (419-898-3688 ext. 270) 
April 3–5 p.m.
April 15–10 a.m.

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Terra College Foundation Board welcomes two new members

Two Fremont residents who are known for their community involvement have joined the Terra College Foundation Board of Trustees. Tracy A. Troxel and Nancicarol Woleslagel will participate in several upcoming activities, but will receive their official welcome at the board’s May 21 meeting.

“We are continuing to expand our board membership, and we are so pleased that Tracy and Nancicarol have agreed to join us,” said Lisa Williams, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation. “Both of these individuals are strongly committed to their community and we look forward to the energy they will bring to the Foundation Board.”

Troxel is a trust officer at Croghan Colonial Bank and serves in the Air National Guard. He currently serves on the Grace Lutheran Church Endowment Board and Stewardship Committee and the Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio Advisory Board. He has previously been involved with the Sandusky County Agricultural Society Board, Sandusky County Cancer Society Board, Lutheran Social Services of Northwest Ohio Board and the Grace Lutheran Church Council. A Terra State graduate, Troxel has already assisted the college by serving on a major gifts campaign and providing support for the Veterans Center on campus. 

“As a Terra alum, I feel it is important to use your talents and skills to pay back the favor to the school for the education I received here,” Troxel said.

Woleslagel is self-employed with Woleslagel Moving/U New Tent. She is involved with various Fremont City Schools booster organizations, the Fremont Area Foundation summer fundraisers, Mobile Dentist activities and the Alexa Brown Butterflies of Hope project. She has volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital auction and currently is on the scholarship and fundraising committee of the Liberty and Learning Foundation. A Fremont Ross graduate, Woleslagel studied at the University of Toledo before transferring to Lorain County Community College to more easily secure clinical rotations in her field of study. She was impressed by her experience there and is similarly taken by Terra State. 

“I believe Terra State Community College is one of the biggest assets to Northwest Ohio,” Woleslagel said. “I would like to be a part of its growth and improvements.”

The College Foundation has a busy spring and summer ahead. Its annual Partners in Education event on April 16 will recognize donors and scholarship recipients; the President’s Scholarship Dinner on May 2 at the Sandusky State Theatre will feature a concert by Melissa Manchester; and the annual golf outing on August 4 at the Catawba Island Club will raise scholarship funds.

For more information on the Terra College Foundation, call Lisa Williams, Executive Director, at 419-559-2355.

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